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While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.
Action Adventure Sci-Fi - Like the first two Superman films, this is an effects-laden
adventure that is fairly faithful and respectful to the comic
book. Those looking for something a bit more radical won't find it
here, and those looking for big time action won't find it here
either. Fans of those first two films, however, should enjoy.
PROFANITY: 8 miscellaneous profanities. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fights, shootings, hits largely without blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Destruction, including a big plane accident; some fighting. COMEDY: Snarky wisecracks and some dark humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Superman Returns is near the top - if not at the top - of the superhero movie pile. It offers nearly everything: romance, action, humor, and plenty of goose bumps. For Superman, many happy returns.
Roger EbertFull Review Average This is a glum, lackluster movie in which even the big effects sequences seem dutiful instead of exhilarating.
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"Even though you've been raised as a human being you're not one of them.
They can be a great people, Kal-El. They wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way.
For this reason above all - their capacity for good - I have sent them you... my only son." - Jor-El
Superman - born on a planet which has long since died - has been raised by adoptive
parents on the Kent farm in Kansas. The young boy Kal-El is renamed Clark Kent, and
though he has grown up among humans, he is not one of them. Under Earth's yellow sun,
he can do things humans can only dream of, but to co-exist with them he must live a dual
life as mild, unassuming Clark Kent, secretly transforming into the Man of Steel when the
world cries out for him.
But now, the world's crises have gone unheeded for five long years since Superman's
mysterious disappearance. Without him, crime has risen in the city of Metropolis and
beyond; that's not even counting the future destructive acts of Lex Luthor, who has been
sprung from prison with the specific intent of using Superman's technological secrets for his
own personal gain and glory.
Lois Lane, star reporter for the Daily Planet and the love of Superman's life, has
moved on since Superman left without a word. She has even won a Pulitzer Prize for her
essay, "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman." Lois has other issues to contend with -
she is now engaged to the editor's nephew and has a young son to look after.
But for Superman, the long search for his place in the universe ends back at the Kent
farm, among the only family he has ever known. His destiny lies in Metropolis, where one
look in Lois's eyes tells him that this place, among the flawed but ultimately good people of
Earth, is his true home.
And with Lex's plan coming to fruition mere hours after his return, the world will
never need Superman more than it does now.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of
one of the world's most beloved Super Heroes, directed by Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United,
X-Men, The Usual Suspects). An extraordinary new vision that showcases groundbreaking
visual effects technology, Superman Returns tells an intimate story of one man's unattainable
love and struggle to belong against a backdrop of vast scope and scale, set in a modern-day